DMACC Student Alexius Ridenour Speaks at 2016 Opportunity Summit

Bi-Monthly Newsletter
Sign up for the Opportunity Iowa Newsletter! This newsletter will be sent out once every two months. Some of the features of the newsletter include event recaps, upcoming activities, ways to be involved, and a new addition, student spotlight, which shows how opportunities affect young people in everyday life.

Opportunity Iowa Youth Focus Group
Opportunity Iowa Strategist, Midge Santana, is organizing a focus group of youth ages 16-24 to find out more about opportunities in Iowa and how we can better utilize the Opportunity Compass and stay up to date on opportunities ( how to get the most out of the resource map). Email Midge at if you are interested in this group. We will also be meeting with pre existing groups through community conversations. If your group would like to hear more about the mission of Opportunity Iowa please contact Midge.

Women in Technology
Opportunity Iowa will be partnering with the Women in Technology Resource Group to identify different pathways to economic success through STEM fields. With this group, we will provide opportunities to learn more about the field, and what resources are available to young women who wish to pursue involvement in Science and Technology.

3/25/15 Unlock your potential! Become a Public Ally or a Summer Ally with Iowa Americorps. [PDF Brochure]

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines President, Barry Griswell, shares his perspectives and thoughts with Opportunity Iowa. [Watch the videos]

Listen to DMACC President Rob Denson's May 30, 2012, interview on WOW-FM radio about Opportunity Nation and Opportunity Iowa.
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Listen to DMACC President Rob Denson's May 2, 2012, interview on WOW-FM radio about Opportunity Nation and Opportunity Iowa.
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Listen to Opportunity Nation Executive Director Mark Edwards' May 16, 2012, interview on WOW-FM radio about Opportunity Nation and Opportunity Iowa.
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DMACC President presents Opportunity Iowa medallions to prominent public and private sector leaders to encourage awareness and engagement. [Details]

On Tuesday, January 31, 2012, DMACC President Rob Denson was interviewed on WHO Radio's "The Big Show" about the Iowa Ag Champions program.
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On Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 2 p.m., the general public is invited to stand by as Governor Terry Branstad signs the Opportunity in Iowa Proclamation on the west steps of the Iowa State Capitol Building. [Details]


April 8, 2016

Equal Access to Opportunity Is Needed to Keep the American Dream Alive

Dear 45, One of the most critical issues you will tackle as the 45th president of the United States is providing equal access to opportunity for Americans. Read more »

October 7, 2015

Iowa Ranks #8 Nationally in Overall Access to Opportunity

The fifth annual U.S. Opportunity Index shows that access to opportunity has increased nearly 9 percent nationally since 2011, reflecting a dramatically improved post-recession employment picture, higher high school graduation rates and a significant drop in violent crime, among other factors. Read more »

November 10, 2013

Iowa Raises National Opportunity Index Score

Iowa has moved from 7th, to 6th on the Opportunity Nation Index state rankings. The index uses data on jobs, economy, education, community health and civic life to measure opportunity for upward mobility for Americans where they live. Read more »

October 21, 2013

Study: 15 Percent Of US Youth Out Of School, Work
by The Associated Press

Almost 6 million young people are neither in school nor working, according to a study released Monday. That's almost 15 percent of those aged 16 to 24 who have neither desk nor job, according to The Opportunity Nation coalition, which wrote the report. Read more »

March 1, 2012

DMACC Presents Opportunity Iowa Video

Opportunity Nation Higher Education Council Member DMACC shares with us this powerful video featuring the proclamation of February as Opportunity Iowa Month by Governor Branstad… Read more »

February 10, 2012

Denson Presents Opportunity Nation Medallion

DMACC President Rob Denson (right) presents an Opportunity Nation medallion to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack following Vilsack's recent roundtable discussion with Iowa agriculture and business leaders held on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Read more »

February 4, 2012

Group Wants U.S. Rebirth of Opportunity

Economic mobility has become more difficult here, studies indicate.
Is the self-made American an endangered species? Our history celebrates the man or woman who overcame adversity and disadvantage to reach great heights. It�s the American way: Get a good education, work hard, and the good life is yours. Read more »

January 25, 2012

Our state's chance to become 'Opportunity Iowa'

When I was growing up, my parents told me this was the land of opportunity. They told me that if I worked hard, received a good education, and played by the rules, that I could be anything I wanted to be. My parents were right, and it worked for me and for many of you. Read more »

January 24, 2012

Governor Brandstad to Designate February as Opportunity Iowa Month

Governor Terry E. Branstad will be joined by executives from the private, non-profit and public sectors as he signs a proclamation declaring February as "Opportunity in Iowa" month. Read more »

November 4, 2011

President Denson Attends Opportunity Nation Summit

DMACC was one of only four community colleges and eight universities invited to participate in the national event held at the historic Apollo Theater and at Columbia University. Read more »